>#GardenChat & New Year’s Resolutions for 2011


The “Old Garden Bridge” my father in law built in Nashville

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. We traveled to Nashville and was surprised with a Christmas Snow. The white backdrop only added to the excitement of Christmas. We are now safely home and are looking forward to a brand new year.

Last week, I was offered and accepted a new job at the bank. My new rold begins on January 3, and I am very excited to begin a new challenge in my professional life! My office will be moving to a different building across town. I have worked with this group for 9 years, and have many close friendships in this group. I know they will endure despite my promotion. They all want to know how they will get their roses, come Spring!

Each Monday, I participate in an online chat on Twitter. #Gardenchat is the hashtag, if you tweet. It is held every Monday at 8 p.m. CST. This chat is hosted by Bren @BG_Garden. Her blog is http://www.bggarden.com/. Each week there is a different topic. It is a great way to meet other gardeners and receive some expert advice. I hope you will consider joining this conversation. You can find me on Twitter @redneckrosarian. All of my blog posts automatically “tweet” on twitter, and I also add other stuff in as well…

The topic for last nights #gardenchat was “Resolutions for the new year”.
Below are a few of mine:

  • Water Less, Mulch More
  • Only use organic fertilizers
  • Search for non-chemical sprays for fungus and insects
  • Give as many roses away as I can, for as long as I can, to as many as I can.

What are your resolutions for the coming year in the garden? Life?
I wish each of you a very happy and most prosperous new year!

The VanCleave Family – 2010


About Chris VanCleave - America's Favorite Rose Gardener

Christopher R. VanCleave – America’s Favorite Rose Gardener Nicknamed "The Redneck Rosarian”, Chris VanCleave is passionate about gardening and growing roses. He is an active member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Rose Society, serving two terms as President. In 2007, he created the Rose Chat Podcast which has reached over a half a million listeners with news and information on growing on growing the world’s most beloved flower, the rose. He was a contributor to the 2015 Southern Living Gardening Book, has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s Garden Home television show and was featured in the June 2015 issue of Southern Living Magazine. Locally, Chris serves as Chairman of the Helena Alabama Beautification Board where he has spearheaded efforts to create a sustainable landscape in one of the top one hundred places to live in the United States. His writing is seen at About.com and on his popular website; RedneckRosarian.com, where he chronicles his gardening adventures and explores an intrinsic mix of life, faith and gardening. An agent of change with over 20 years’ experience in process innovation, Mr. VanCleave is leading the charge to reinvigorate horticultural societies and helping them to reach their full potential in the social media age.
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12 Responses to >#GardenChat & New Year’s Resolutions for 2011

  1. >beautiful family. Let me add to your list…….cuttings (from me).


  2. >Congratulations on the promotion Chris. You have a beautiful family. Have a Blessed New Year.


  3. Phillip says:

    >Congratulations on your new job! I've yet to join the Twitter thing but I bet the chats are interesting. I love your header, so festive!


  4. >Congrats on the promotion Chris, I suspect your old office mates will be visiting you often during blooming season. Lovely family and great resolutions — as for me, I need to finish this apple fritter before I commit to any pronouncements. Best wishes in 2011, Tom


  5. Bren says:

    >That photo of the snow covered bridge is FRAME perfect! Wonderful to make the garden connection with you here in Ohio.


  6. Jennifer says:

    >This is a fun post. I would like to garden more and eat less, plant more things that give winter interest, dig and divide those overcrowded irises, hunt for and propagate old roses, sit in the swing and observe all my hard work (for more than 5 minutes at a time!) Congrats on the promo!


  7. amber says:

    >Great post! I love your idea of giving your roses away. I am sure you get a certain joy with bringing a smile to someone with a simple gesture.


  8. >Jim, would love to grow some cuttings from you. Phillip, I still really don't understand it, but i'm out there tweeting each day. I signed up bout a year ago and just let it sit. Was able to do a little reading on it, so now i'm there tweeting my guts out!!!!! It only fuels my gardening madness….ha.Jennifer, I long for more time to actually enjoy my garden too! Here's hoping we can all accomplish that in 2011!Cheers!


  9. debsgarden says:

    >Happy New Year to you! My one resolution I made last year was to use only organic garden products. Except for Round-up, which i seriously need on some obnoxious invaders, I have kept my resolution. I think my garden was happier, and certainly the wildlife appreciated it.Congratulations on your new job, and best wishes in this new gardening year!


  10. Jim Groble says:

    >Happy New Year and congrats on the job. jim


  11. >Dear Chris, Congratulations on your promotion … well deserved, I am sure! My latest posting is about my resolutions. I love new beginnings. Wishing you a blessed 2011! P.


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